The New York City streets can be dangerous for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Even those who are exhibiting the greatest care can find themselves in a situation where they suffer personal injury and even a fatality as a result of motor vehicle accidents. When there is an injury, the person who was hurt needs to be aware of the issues that can arise after it has happened, both financial and personal. If the case of fatalities resulting from these accidents, the family left behind have to face legal and financial issues relating to the tragedy.
An accident claimed the life of an elderly woman on the Upper East Side. The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. as the woman was crossing the street. According to the law enforcement investigation, as the woman crossed, a 2013 Chevrolet van turned into the crosswalk and struck her. Though the woman was rushed to the hospital there was nothing that could be done and she was declared dead. The driver, a 48-year-old man, was placed under arrest and is now facing charges for failure to yield and not exercising the required care as he made the turn.
When there is a fatal accident, it can affect anyone of any age. There will be funeral expenses and the emotional and the personal toll of having to cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one. Those who are confronted with this type of incident might be so emotionally upset that they accept a payout from the insurance company before considering all of their options. Unfortunately, these payouts are often woefully short in what is required for adequate compensation as insurers are more interested in the bottom line than providing a fair settlement. This is why having legal advice is an imperative.
In this case, a 73-year-old woman was crossing the street when she was hit by a van. According to the investigation and the subsequent arrest, it was the driver who was in the wrong. With that in mind, the family should protect its interests by considering a legal filing with help from an experienced lawyer.
Source: abc7ny.com, "Elderly Pedestrian on Upper East Side Hit and Killed By Car," Oct. 8, 2016